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Girl with a Pearl Earring: An In-Depth Study

The artistic endeavors of the 17th century's, Old Master Johannes Vermeer have fascinated many. Now a popular book based on one of his canvases, Girl with a Pearl Earring, has brought him squarely into the minds and hearts of many in the 21st century. Even though the picture has been studied intensely for over a century, many questions remained unanswered about various aspects of the work. This website, designed by Jonathan Janson, provides a multifaceted portrait of this masterwork, and is divided into well-organized sections that deal with its subject matter, its provenance, the methodology deployed in the work's execution, and the various debates surrounding the work. The section devoted to the genesis of the painting is particularly engaging, as it features a discussion of the work within the broader setting of Vermeer's oeuvre and possible precedents that may have set the stage for this work.
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